Russian TV Anchor Comes Out as Gay On the Air, Gets Fired

Anton Krasovsky

Anton Krasovsky (above) spoke to CNN this week

Russian anchor Anton Krasovsky was fired for coming out on live TV earlier this year.

“I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma,” he said.

According to an interview with, Krasovsky was reportedly fired from KontrTV, a government-backed cable network  in December, and the footage of his announcement was quickly deleted from KontrTV’s website and YouTube.

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Krasovsky was also a founder of the cable network.

“Somebody should do it,” he told CNN earlier this week. “I decided it’s time to be open for me. That’s it.”

While the anchor’s firing happened earlier this year, his story is grabbing the attention of the media now that Russia’s antigay law has passed and is being strictly enforced.

“They immediately blocked all my corporative accounts, my email. Literally immediately, overnight,” Krasovsky told “They deleted not only my face from the website, but also all of my TV shows, as if I’d never really existed.”

He said after making the announcement toward the end of his newscast,  the audience and the crew applauded.

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  1. Dave Andrews says:

    Don’t be an idiot hellored. They say something because they’re tired of being oppressed and they should be. I would not respect gay people making out in public, just like I don’t respect straight people doing it, but what kind of sick bigot would fire someone just for not lying about being gay?

    How can this possibly be tolerated in modern society? I’m disgusted that Russia has become so public with its singular abuse of this group of people, but I’m equally disgusted by Americans like you who embarrass and shame our people with your bigotry. Our nation was created on the basis of equality for all. We’ve had to work hard to define what that means over the years, but that’s what we’re all about; freedom to be who you are. Freedom from oppression for being who you are.

    It doesn’t mean “free to be who you are as long as you’re like me.” I know that’s the Republican way of thinking, but that’s why the Republican way of thinking needs to go away. Freedom means FREEDOM FOR ALL, not just for people like you. Be straight if you want to be, but let gay people be gay if they want to be. Be Christian if you want to be, but let Muslims be Muslim if they want to be. Be whatever you want to be, but let others be what they want to be.

  2. helloredfern says:

    GOOD it’s time people keep their private life<> just that PRIVATE. no body wants to know. non gay people don’t go on air saying iam not gay. so why gay people have to do that???who cares. keep it to yourself. it’s like if ia m going out and saying what a night i had last night…that’s the same topic,the same thing. so all you gay people out there keep it for your self. enough is enough the world is dirty as it is. we don’t need more bad news.

    • MBK says:

      If you’re sincerely concerned with keeping things private that nobody wants to know, start with your asinine opinion on this issue.

    • Josie says:

      @helloredfern: The world is dirtier if people dont have the same right. If gay people have the same rights as straight people, then they would not need to stand up to protect for their rights. And they don’t need to speak out in the public. They speak out because those stupid politicians keep using religious believes to take away their rights.

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